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Self-catering holiday rentals in for your home stay

If you're looking for the perfect self-catering getaway for your vacation rentals, Sicily is perfect for you and your family. It's an island bursting with culture and scenery, with the friendliest of people and the finest food and wine. Sicily is just off the "toe" of Italy and you will discover that it's a whole world of its own. Palermo, the capital, is a bustling city-by-the-sea that you might choose as your base for your holiday rentals. It's an ancient place, known for its churches and famous cathedral. One unusual sight is the catacombs, something that you'll certainly never forget. It's an exciting trip, particularly as a group activity. Make sure your children aren't too frightened by the idea! Sicily is dominated to the east by Mount Etna, a still-active volcano. If your vacation rentals are based in nearby Taormina, a village perched on cliff-edge, you might see the molten lava by night. On a clear day, a trip up Etna allows you panoramic views of the entire island. Even if the clouds are down, the contrast between the sun on the beach and the snow on the top of Etna is not to be missed as you take the cable-car to the summit. If your short break is during May, you'll see horses and carriages through the historic streets of Taormina, as the annual Carriage Festival is celebrated. Taormina itself has long been associated with the glamour of the stars, and its annual film festival is now world-famous. In Messina, you'll find fascinating sights in the yearly parade of the giants, with those who are said to have founded this city commemorated in a colourful local procession. And nearby, from the very tip of Sicily, easily accessible from your vacation rentals by the excellent road network, you can see the coast of Italy. Take an espresso or a leisurely lunch of fish, caught by the local fishermen, and gaze at the tranquil Mediterranean. Or perhaps take a boat trip from Messina to the island of Vulcano. There you can bathe in warm mud. Sounds strange? You will soon find out that it's both therapeutic and unique, and the trip is worth taking alone for the exquisite scenery.

Holiday lettings in Sicily for your short break

The choices for your vacations in Sicily are wide. Will you take a city centre apartment in the historic centre of Palermo and live the life of the gentry in times past, with elegant furnishings and fittings? Palermo takes time to enjoy and this way you can become a local with ease. Taormina is justly very popular, for its panoramic views at the base of Mount Etna and its ancient amphitheatre. If you want to live like a Hollywood star, then choose an apartment with your own balcony looking over the Mediterranean. Make the local ristorante your personal dining room and discover Sicilian cuisine at its finest. If you're a large group, choose as your vacation rentals for your short break in the summer holidays a larger home with its own swimming pool. You'll never be more than a short drive from the beach - and when you get home it's a dive in the pool before self-catering really comes into its own with the fresh ingredients you've bought at the local market. You might prefer a villa away from it all, but with your own private sea views. That's there for you to choose too, just a short drive on the excellent roads from Palermo. Everything is in easy reach in Sicily. The local markets and the friendly welcome ensure that your self-catering summer holiday will be the best that you can imagine. Just a few words of Italian from your phrasebook and you suddenly become a Sicilian yourself. There are few better places for a self-catering holiday because of the excellence of the locally-produced food. For smaller groups, couples or families there are idyllic cottages. Many are near Taormina, but you'll also find options set on the many farms that provide the agriculture that still forms the basis of the Sicilian economy. Want to wake up in the midst of a lemon orchard? You can find the holiday rentals that will give you that privilege.

The best time to enjoy Sicily

Italians holiday during the summer months and particularly in August. If you want to experience Sicily at its bustling high, then this is the time to go, particularly if your vacation rentals have swimming pools - or are near the beaches. School holidays are always a great choice, and the beaches here are one of this place's great attractions. Take time for a long lunch at one of the restaurants overlooking the sea, perhaps with a glass or two of Sicilian wine, before a leisurely walk back to your holiday apartment. What the Sicilians regard as the season starts in March, and this makes it an ideal time to go for those who prefer fewer crowds. An ideal day out is to the ancient city of Syracuse with its ancient Roman remains or to the very centre of the island, high up to the little town of Enna, where there are few tourists, but a very warm welcome. Autumn holds its own attractions as the harvests are brought in and the agricultural year begins to draw to a close. Taste the first of the season's wines, or take a trip up into the hills to see the farmers work as they've always done. The days will still be warm enough to sit out in the sun, or you may prefer to take your car from your vacation rentals on the route of the famous Targo Florio, Sicily's world-famous road race, now only held with older classic cars. It's the Mediterranean, so the weather is always temperate and you will find that you have the busiest attractions all to yourself. And for the serious winter sports enthusiast, there is nothing better than skiing on Mount Etna. Whatever the season, you can be sure that your bookings in Sicily are safe and secure with Owners Direct.

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